Use the words and ideas from at least one of our authors (in readings 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, or 2-4) to modify, augment, extend, challenge, refute, reinvent (or some other intellectually significant verb) an idea from a different author.
Your ultimate goal is to write an academic paper that includes a thesis statement, several body paragraphs that develop your thesis, and a conclusion, all of which work together to demonstrate critical thinking skills.
Workshp Part 1: Exploration
What general topic do you want to explore? Freewrite for 10 Minutes.
Part 2: Mapping
Experiment with a grid, a venn diagram, a flowchart, a bubble map, a flowchart, or some other visual representation of your idea. (You may use your iPad, your MacBook, or pencil and paper, if you wish.)
Part 3: Discussion and Evaluation
What worked? What’s worth keeping? What would require further exploration? Where do you see evidence that your claim is about the specific readings written by the specific authors, rather than about the topic in general? (Thus, a paper that argues “for equality of the sexes” is too general, while a paper that argues “Edmundson is a more ethical feminist than Kilbourne” would be more challenging.)
Part 4: Planning
What next? Use a brainstorming tool (on your iPad, or pen and paper) that maps out the shape of your paper. (Work on this as homework; bring it to class after break.)